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Italy records lowest virus death toll in over two weeks

Italy on Sunday recorded its lowest daily death toll from the novel coronavirus in over two weeks and saw the number of critical care patients decline for the second day. The 525 official COVID-19 fatalities reported by the civil protection service were the lowest since 427 registered on March 19. “This is good news but …

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Twelve killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir amid virus lockdown

Nine civilians and three soldiers were killed in two separate incidents in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said Sunday, as authorities enforced a lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Kashmir, a restive region claimed by nuclear rivals India and Pakistan, had already been under a long-running curfew imposed to quell unrest as New Delhi …

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20,000 Tablighi Jamaat members quarantined in Pakistan after major search

Pakistan has quarantined 20,000 worshippers and is still searching for tens of thousands more who attended the Tablighi Jamaat’s gathering in Lahore last month despite the worsening coronavirus pandemic, officials said Sunday. Authorities said they want to test or quarantine those who congregated at the event held by the Tablighi Jamaat — an Islamic missionary …

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Coronavirus patients recovering in Sindh without any medication: CM

At least 123 people who recovered from the coronavirus in Sindh were not given any medicine and were only kept in isolation, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said on Sunday. In a video statement, the Sindh CM said that self-isolation was the best way to cure the virus. He added that the total number of …

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Lockdown affecting Pakistan’s economy: Asad Umar

Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said that the lockdown across Pakistan due to the outbreak of the coronavirus is affecting the country’s economy. The economic situation was effecting the rich and poor alike, Umar said while addressing a press conference at the National Command and Control Centre on Sunday. He, however, admitted …

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Possible COVID-19 spread in Pakistan’s overcrowded prisons hugely problematic: report

The ministry of human rights submitted to the Supreme Court data on prisons in Pakistan, explaining that diseases such as the coronavirus could spread in overcrowded prisons and become a huge problem. It included the number of prisoners in jails, under trial, convicted and condemned, as well as the number of women and children incarcerated. …

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UAE helps Pakistan in fight against coronavirus, sends medical aid

The second batch of medical aid from the United Arab Emirates reached Pakistan’s Islamabad International Airport early Sunday. The UAE sent 11 tonnes of medical supplies to Pakistan to show its support in its fight against the novel coronavirus, UAE Ambassador Hamad Al Zaabi tweeted. This morning the Second batch of 11 tons of medical …

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PIA stops Karachi operations after pilots suspected of contracting coronavirus

PIA stopped its flight operations from Karachi on Sunday after four pilots were suspected of contracting the coronavirus. CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik has issued immediate instructions to ground the planes. Four pilots were stopped as part of precautionary measures against the virus. The Pakistan Airline Pilots Association has stopped the pilots from flying. It …

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Air India relief flight gets special message from Pakistan

The coronavirus knows no borders but amid the death and disease, it is helping bring people together. It recently created a moment of camaraderie between neighbours and longtime rivals Pakistan and India. When a special Air India flight evacuating European nationals from India to Frankfurt crossed over Pakistan, it received a special message from an …

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PM praises ‘unprecedented’ sugar, wheat inquiry report, promises action soon

A day after releasing an inquiry report into the sugar and wheat price hikes in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter to call the move unprecedented in Pakistan’s history. The premier said the reports, which accused members of his own party of benefitting from the crises, was not altered or tampered with. As …

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